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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 20, 2007 | Vol. 36 No. 42
University Launches New Resource for Editorial Services

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

University-based magazines take notice: The Johns Hopkins Publishing Group is open for business.

The new group, which draws on staff from the award-winning Johns Hopkins Magazine and the university's Alumni Magazine Consortium, will provide consulting, editorial and design services for the growing number of university and alumni publications at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere.

Specifically, the group can assist in magazine redesigns, create templates for new publications or aid in the acquisition of writers, photographers and graphic artists. The group can provide anything from a one-time consultation to long-term editorial services.

The Johns Hopkins Publishing Group, which is part of the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs, already provides some services to the alumni magazines of the schools of Arts and Sciences and Nursing through the Alumni Magazine Consortium, and is looking for other opportunities to assist with divisions' communications needs, said Linda Robertson, vice president for government, community and public affairs.

"Our mission is simple: excellence," Robertson said. "Excellence in our own magazines and in the others to which we contribute editorial, design and production expertise. Excellence, also, in telling the story of Johns Hopkins to alumni and other friends of the institutions."

Johns Hopkins Magazine — founded in 1950 by Corbin Gwaltney, who went on to found The Chronicle of Higher Education — consistently wins individual and staff editorial honors and has been the recipient of the Robert Sibley Award more often than any other magazine. Given by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Sibley is the highest commendation in university magazines.

Johns Hopkins launched the Alumni Magazine Consortium in 1981 as a nonprofit service to share the Johns Hopkins Magazine's expertise with other colleges and universities. Since then, the AMC has grown to partner as well with other nonprofits and within Johns Hopkins. Specifically, AMC works with such publications as Arts and Sciences Magazine, Johns Hopkins Nursing Magazine and Villanova Magazine. Donna Shoemaker, who has guided the AMC since 1986, will continue to serve its clients and will play a major role in the new venture.

Catherine Pierre, editor of the Johns Hopkins Magazine, has been named director of the JH Publishing Group. Pierre said that with her own publication she strives to produce an engaging, thoughtful and eye-catching magazine that people will not only read cover to cover, but start reading as soon as they pull out of the mailbox.

"Johns Hopkins Magazine strives to be both substantive and a really good read," Pierre said. "We see it as our mission to maintain an intellectual and emotional engagement with our readers. That's the standard we set for ourselves, and it should be a standard for this industry. If we can help others do that, then that's good for everybody."

For more information, contact the Johns Hopkins Publishing Group at 443-287-9900.


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